BWC awards $197K in grants to protect Ohio firefighters


COLUMBUS — Twenty-two Ohio fire departments will share $196,896 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) under a program to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful health hazards encountered by firefighters during their daily work activities.

The fire departments are receiving the funding under BWC’s Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which helps departments purchase specialized washing machines, fire station exhaust systems and other safety gear designed to minimize exposure to toxic elements.

Tuppers Plains Fire Department was among the grant recipients.

“We know residue collected on firefighters’ gear during a blaze can cause respiratory disease, cancer and other ailments, which is why BWC started this grant program in 2017,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie B. McCloud. “These dollars save lives and I’m proud BWC is doing its part to protect the first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day.”

December grant recipients include:

Tuppers Plains Fire Dept. Co. (Meigs County) — $5,226.62 to purchase one extractor.

City of Conneaut (Ashtabula County) — $13,021.67 to purchase one extractor and 33 hoods.

Pierpont Volunteer Fire Dept. (Ashtabula County) — $8,570 to purchase one extractor, 24 gloves and 24 hoods.

Village of Orwell (Ashtabula County) — $10,430 to purchase one extractor.

City of Middletown (Butler County) — $14,932.08 to purchase one extractor and 45 hoods.

Morgan Township (Butler County) — $6,142.50 to purchase one extractor.

Auburn Township (Geauga County) — $8,215 to purchase 62 gloves and 62 hoods.

Village of Rawson (Hancock County) — $9,600 to purchase one extractor, 20 gloves and 20 hoods.

McGuffey Volunteer Fire Co. (Hardin County) — $15,000 to purchase one extractor, 20 gloves and 20 hoods.

Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District (Highland County) — $12,101.65 to purchase one extractor, 66 hoods and 30 gloves.

City of Sheffield Lake (Lorain County) — $11,457.50 to purchase one extractor, 26 gloves and 26 hoods.

Craig Beach Volunteer Fire Department (Mahoning County) — $9,930 to purchase one extractor, 28 hoods and 28 gloves.

City of Brookville (Montgomery County) — $4,707.08 to purchase 16 gloves and 45 hoods.

Pierpont Volunteer Fire Dept. (Ashtabula County) — $8,570 to purchase one extractor, 24 gloves and 24 hoods.

Village of South Zanesville (Muskingum County) — $3,140 to purchase 20 gloves and 20 hoods.

Suffield Township (Portage County) — $9,062.50 to purchase one extractor.

Franklin Township (Ross County) — $8,785 to purchase one extractor.

Summit County-Emergency Management Agency (Summit County) — $3,243.33 to purchase a diverter & controller.

Braceville Township (Trumbull County) — $4,862.50 to purchase 25 gloves and 25 hoods.

Hamden Village (Vinton County) — $9,261.20 to purchase one extractor.

Central Fire District (Wayne County) — $5,812 to purchase 52 gloves and 12 hoods.

Weston Village (Wood County) — $14,825.40 to purchase 60 hoods and 60 gloves.

The grant program, announced as a component of BWC’s 2017 rebate, provides a 5-to-1 match up to $15,000 for public and private employers with annual payroll of at least $500,000. No match is required for employers with less than $500,000 in payroll. More about the program is available at bwc.ohio.gov.